Ronaldo becomes first player to score 800 top-level goals

TPL | Published: 9:07 AM Dec 3 2021
Sports Ronaldo becomes first player to score 800 top-level goals

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to score 800 top-level career goals when he struck twice for Manchester United in a 3-2 win over Arsenal yesterday (03).

It was a typical Ronaldo response to recent suggestions that his style of play might not suit the pressing approach favoured by incoming interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who was at Old Trafford for the first time since his appointment to watch the Portuguese reach the remarkable landmark.

And the German cannot fail to have been impressed by the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo's double took him to 130 goals across two spells for United, adding to five for Sporting Lisbon, 450 for Real Madrid, 101 for Juventus and 115 for Portugal.

He is the all-time top scorer in men's international football, in the Champions League and for Real Madrid.

There is no central database to establish football's all-time top scorer, but Ronaldo certainly tops the charts for official games at a high level.

The Czech football association says Josef Bican, who played in Czechoslovakia and Austria, scored 821 goals in official matches.

Elsewhere his tally is placed at 805 - but those include reserve-team and non-official international goals.

Brazil legends Pele and Romario separately claim to have scored more than 1,000 goals each, but filter out friendlies and those numbers drop down to the 700s.

Unofficial statisticians RSSSF say Pele (769), Romario and Ferenc Puskas (both 761) are the players nearest to Ronaldo at the elite end of football.

Lionel Messi is next on 756 goals for Argentina (80), Barcelona (672) and Paris St-Germain (four).

Ronaldo has scored more than 20 goals against five teams, all Spanish - Sevilla (27), Atletico Madrid (25), Getafe (23) and Barcelona and Celta Vigo (20 each).

He has hit double figures against 19 sides, including Tottenham (11).

He has now scored eight against Arsenal.

(BBC)

TPL | Published: 9:07 AM Dec 3 2021

More News